IU picks up 3-star Illinois offensive lineman Nick Marozas

Indiana added to its 2018 recruiting class on Monday, taking a verbal commitment from Illinois offensive lineman Nick Marozas.

The three-star tackle out of Chicago’s Brother Rice High School is considered the No. 69 prospect at his position nationally, the No. 13 tackle in the Midwest and the No. 3 tackle in his home state, according to Scout.com.

Marozas, a 6-foot-4, 272-pound rising senior, also holds offers from Minnesota, Virginia, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Toledo and Ball State, among others.

“I am honored and proud to say I will continue my academic and athletic careers at Indiana University,” Marozas wrote in a message confirming his commitment on Twitter.

The Hoosiers now have five commitments for their 2018 recruiting class, a group that IU coach Tom Allen wants to see add balance to upcoming rosters.

Marozas follows recent commitments from fellow Illinois prospect Matt Bjorson, a three-star tight end, and three-star Tennessee receiver Jacolby Hewitt. Also committed to the 2018 class are three-star South Carolina cornerback Elijah Rodgers and three-star Lowell safety Jordan Jusevitch.

Indiana’s class remains ranked No. 12 in the Big Ten.

10 comments

  1. Sincere question: Would this young man’s body type qualify him for an offer if Wilson were still IU’s coach? I seem to remember Wilson commenting on wanting taller and “longer” O-lineman.

  2. I would say at that size he probably has some good speed which would be the choice for a pulling guard to get out ahead of the RB outside the tackle. Also, they probably see they can add another 20+ lbs. by getting him in the weight room.

  3. Longer on ‘stars’ would be nice….An offense longer on the field would be nice too. A kicker who could get it through the uprights from longer distances…Winning streaks longer than one would also be a good thing. Games against powerhouse teams where we somewhat appear as a belong(er).

  4. As I understood it, when Wilson referred to “longer” he was referring to body types that were taller with longer arms. He seemed to emphasize that with O and D linemen and receivers. He loved those 6’5″ to 6’7″ O-linemen. I’m just wondering if IU’s new offensive staff has the same preference or if they prioritize other attributes.

  5. Marozas is a good looking OL player with the frame to put on another 30 lbs. I like the way he stays on blocks and finishes them off. It is hard to teach OL men to maintain contact so IU has the advantage of getting a player with the attitude to make a block and stay with it to the end.

    1. If you study the roster even superficially you’ll not see that many misinterpreted Wilson OL-men. Longer did not only mean 6’5″-6’7″. His criteria was deeper than that.

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